The Snow White Model: Working with Complex and Developmental Trauma – Dunedin

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Date(s) - 23/09/2019 - 24/09/2019
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Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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Presented by Delphi Training and Consulting, Australia in collaboration with South Coast Psychology

Once-upon-a-time, if Snow White presented to a psychiatrist with her tale of attempted murder, talking animals, whispering trees and seven dwarves, she would likely receive a diagnosis of hysteria, psychosis, schizophrenia or conversion disorder.

In the late 19th Century, Pierre Janet identified the correlation between dissociative phenomena as a psychological defence against overwhelming experiences.  Outlined in his theory on hysteria were symptoms and behaviours that we now recognize as manifestations of complex and developmental trauma.

Today, through a trauma-informed lens grounded in neuroscience, we would ask not, “What is wrong with Snow White?” Rather, we would wonder, “What happened to Snow White?” In asking carefully, sensitively and respectfully, we would learn of her history of complex and developmental trauma; the loss of her mother at birth, attachment disruption, neglect, betrayal and family violence.

Betrayal by those whom should provide safety and security sets the stage for the development of complicated attachment styles and seemingly insurmountable internal and external conflicts. Tracking four survival responses, fight, flight, freeze and submit, attention will focus on working within the window of tolerance to enhance skills to create safety and stabilization and resolve the conflicts bound up in the locus of control shift and ambivalent attachment to the perpetrator.

Harnessing the fairy-tale of Snow White as a metaphor, Naomi provides bottom up and top down strategies for treatment of complex trauma within an integrated model applicable to any trauma diagnosis and related comorbidity

Participants will learn how to identify what works for whom and when, to best assist clients to process and integrate the impacts of attachment and relational conflicts related to neglect, abuse and other trauma.

Using video, case examples and exercises, Naomi will illustrate complex presentations in an engaging and easy to understand approach.

 

About the Presenter:

Naomi holds a C.Q.S.W. (UK) and Grad. Cert. Human Rights. Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling.
In 1987, Naomi went into partnership at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting. She has thirty years’ experience in trauma informed therapy for complex and developmental trauma. Naomi provides clinical consultation for PTSD, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, for mental health professionals working with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, gender-based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation.
A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi presents her work in complex and developmental trauma, vicarious trauma, and resilience building nationally and internationally. She provides case consultations and training to mental health professionals, sexual assault centres, hospitals, law firms, Attorney General Solicitors Dept. and the United Nations.
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